Genre Clash- The Nu Disco

Chris Macom —  April 13, 2011 — Leave a comment

The term nu disco has been floating around the electronic music scenes for the last 8 to 10 years but not solidified as a genre until 2008 when online record shops started to adopt it.  Most nu disco tracks are re-edits of 70’s and early 80’s disco music and pressed on to white labels to avoid legalities but within the last couple of years has emerged to be more legit.  The genre has also made a home for other smaller dying genres specifically electroclash, french house, eurodisco and italo disco.  Some tracks previously labeled as deep house are now finding a home in nu disco as well.  Sites like Beatport and Traxxsource have a category labeled nu disco/indie dance yet I feel most tracks are towards the indie dance side of things.  I think they do this because of the fact that there is not a ton of nu disco available, most of it being white labels and all.  This can make it kind of confusing when your looking for disco sounding music and find tracks that are a hot 80’s mess.  When looking for nu disco online, I come across artists like Justice and labels like DFA which to me sound a little more like electro house.  Some other tracks that could be labeled simply as house music are now confusedly getting thrown into the genre.  It is becoming a hodgepodge of electronic music.  Listening to nu disco you can hear so many different influences, but my favorites are definitely Chicago house, acid music, and Detroit techno.  It’s like a showcase of all of the best elements of dance music to me.  It is still trying to catch on in the US but has found a strong foothold in Europe and Australia.  Hopefully people will hop on it and separate the genre from “indie dance”.  Here is a short documentary on nu disco and a hot track to inspire you.  Also check out artists Tensnake, Trujillo, Toomy Disco and Cosmic Kids for some nice tunes.

Okay this is kinda 80’s but done right and the ladies in the video are super sexy.


Chris Macom


Chris Macom is a DJ, producer, and writer in the Detroit Metro area. Growing up in the 90's, Chris grew fond of electronic music and started collecting vinyl and DJing. Now, as a founder of both Detroit Techno House and Lost Science, Chris hopes to share with the world his experiences through music and writing.
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